Allen’s efforts to plant and preserve trees have once again earned national recognition. In March the Arbor Day Foundation recognized the city with a Growth Award as part of its Tree City USA designation. Allen has held the title of Tree City USA for fourteen years.
“Residents of Allen should be proud to live in a community that makes the planting and care of trees a priority,” said Dan Lambe, president of the Arbor Day Foundation, in a congratulatory letter to Mayor Stephen Terrell. “Thank you for helping to create a healthier planet for all of us.”
The City’s work to plant and preserve trees includes tree sapling giveaways, an annual Arbor Day celebration and a wood chip recycling program. Allen also sponsors community tree planting initiatives, including a recent project in the Hillside subdivision that removed five dead trees and planted 33 new ones.
In March, the City transplanted two established oak trees from the intersection of Alma Drive and Exchange Parkway. The trees would have been cut down during intersection improvements, but the transplant project allows them to live on at nearby Green Park.